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Leicestershire & Rutland
Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Jubilee Hall

Chief Executive: Jake Atkinson
Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road
Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AY

Tel: 0116 235 3800

Grant Thornton Annual Return and External Audit 2016-17 Briefing

Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:04 by Jake Atkinson

Last week at the LRALC External Audit briefing Grant Thornton announced that the Annual Return and associated information will be sent out later than usual this year (end of March/early April) due to responsibility for issuing the Annual Return nationally shifting to SAAA (Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments Limited).

Please see the slides below for the full session content.


We have had a number of queries questioning when we will be sending out the 2016/17 Annual Return and information pack for this year's Limited Assurance review. In previous years it has already been sent or is about to be sent at this time but this year it's going to be slightly later. The Joint Practitioners' Advisory Group (JPAG) has updated this year's Annual Return form and approved it at its meeting on 27 February 2017. It is now in final form and is being printed by the publishers.

We have been told to expect deliveries of the Annual Return form to us in the week commencing 20 March 2017. When we receive the Annual Return forms we will put yours together with the information we usually send you, for example, the 'What to do now' booklet and templates for working papers and public rights to help you complete the form and provide the information required to us. We should, therefore, be able to get the Annual Return and information pack to you by the end of March.

In the meantime, there are no changes to the format of Section 1 (the Annual Governance Statement), Section 2 (the Accounting Statement) or the Annual Internal Audit Report. So, if you have an early April meeting for approval of the Annual Governance Statement and the Accounting Statements, there is no reason why you can't be pulling together the information in the same format as last year so that you are ready to complete the 2016/17 Annual Return form when you receive it at the end of March.

Please let us know if you do not receive it by 7 April 2017.

Kind regards

Angela J Ellison | Limited Assurance and Compliance Executive | Audit

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